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[afro-nets] Comprehensive Condom Use Programs and Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • From: "Anna Lisi" <anna_lisi@jsi.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:01:08 -0400

For those interested, AIDSTAR-One has posted new information and resources on the following topics on its website....

Comprehensive Condom Use Programs
Young people in many countries have unprotected sexual intercourse with one or more partners, potentially exposing themselves to HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or unintentional pregnancy. Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programs work to delay initiation of sex, reduce the number of sexual partners, and increase the use of condoms and other forms of contraception. Some programs also seek to increase testing and treatment for HIV and other STIs. They can be implemented both in schools and in other community settings. Tools and Resources are available at http://j.mp/H14fi0.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) likely facilitate HIV transmission and acquisition. STI treatment efforts have been used as an HIV prevention approach with mixed outcomes. This prevention strategy may be most effective in settings with a high burden of STIs and when targeted to most-at-risk populations and their sexual partners. However, randomized trials have found STI treatment to have little to no effect on HIV incidence. Tools and Resources are available at http://j.mp/H14hXj.

Antiretroviral Therapy as an HIV Prevention Strategy
Antiretroviral therapy (ART), generally used to improve the health of the person being treated, can also serve as a preventive strategy by reducing viral load, which lowers the risk of transmitting HIV to a sex partner or needle-sharing partner. Tools and Resources are available at http://j.mp/H14rOn.

In addition, you may be interested in reading about the following three programs in Nigeria, which can be accessed at http://j.mp/H14MRa.

- Ensuring the Availability of Safe Injection Commodities
- Strategy Development for Improving Safe Phlebotomy Practices
- Disposal of Expired ARVs and Test Kits

Anna Lisi
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